Ever since there has been talk about the features of the new ID card, the Mauritian population, at large, has been showing disapproval to the new system. They have come up with many an argument as to why the new system is more of a hassle than actually being useful. On top of that, they say that it constitutes encroachment on confidentiality and privacy.
Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, has replied back to the disgruntled crowd. According to him, opposition against the new system is a great waste of resources, both in terms of time and money. He has also stated that the Supreme Court has, as it is, already rejected two appeals for putting an end to the procedures dealing with the new project. One of the request was made by Dr Maharajah Madhewoo, a social worker.
It is interesting to note that the new system is also frowned upon by the country’s ex presidents, Cassam Uteem and Karl Offman, who have signed a petition, contesting the introduction of the new ID card. Karl Offman has confided in the media that he does not have the intention to sign up for the procedures to have a new ID card. He has shared his concern about the potential privacy risks of collection digital fingerprints, as to who will have access to sensitive information.